Often teens will talk of suicide just to get
attention or to get a rise out of their parents, however
these comments should never be taken lightly. Many
parents have chalked their teens comments about ending
it all up to a bad mood, only to find out it was a
serious cry for help. If your teen exhibits any of these
warning signs of suicide, talk to them about how they
are feeling, emotionally. If you have any question in
your mind that they are considering ending their life,
get them help immediately.
There are many warning signs of suicide that all
parents, educators and caregivers should be aware of.
It is very important to not sweep things under the rug
and try to get to the root of any emotional troubles
that you see.
Sudden withdrawal from friends and family can
be an indicator of suicidal thoughts. Teens will often
withdraw from one or the other, but when they suddenly
want no emotional connections to anyone, something is
usually very wrong.
A teen getting rid of their possessions is a serious
warning sign of suicide. It is a red flag for
possible suicidal tendencies. If your teen is suddenly
handing out his or her most beloved belongings to
friends or family members, find out just what is behind
their sudden generosity. Their seemingly kind acts could
be the beginnings of a tragic outcome.
If your teen begins to talk about suicide, ending it
all, how everyone would be better off without him, or
makes similar comments, take them very seriously. Find
out why they feel that way and if they wont talk to you
about it, find someone that they will open up to.
Many teens who are leaning toward suicide become
extremely volatile toward others. A teen who used to get
along with everyone suddenly seems to have no friends. A
sudden change in personality where your teen is lashing
out, exhibiting violence, or being extremely rebellious
can be an indicator of suicidal thoughts.
If your child is into art or writing, you may want to
take a look at their creations. Writings that are very
brooding and artwork that is associated with death or
violence could be showing their own struggle with
A sudden disinterest in life is another important
warning sign. Many teens who are contemplating suicide
will stop taking care of themselves, lose interest in
activities they once looked forward to, stop performing
well in school or even stop attending school altogether.
Problems with sleep can also be an indicator of
potential suicide. This can go from one extreme to the
other. Some teens may sleep constantly to escape
whatever problem has them so emotionally disturbed,
while others will be unable to sleep due to dwelling on
their problems all the time. In either case, talk to
your child about the changes in their sleep pattern to
see if there is something serious behind it.
Drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent in teens who
commit suicide. They turn to these substances as an
escape from their emotional problems and eventually they
are not enough. If you have a suspicion that your child
is using drugs and alcohol as a means of escape from
their issues, get them help quickly, before the problem
develops into a situation that you cannot handle.
If your teen has previously attempted suicide and
begins showing signs of depression, seek help
immediately. In this case, it is best to not wait for
other warning signs, as this teen has already proven
that he or she will act on their thoughts, should things
become too much for them to deal with.
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